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July News from WE Bike NYC

Happy summer! WE hope you are staying cool and finding ways to enjoy the long days. Our in-person rides are back in full swing. This past month, WE rode to Coney Island (pictured above) and also rode to visit 4 women-owned bike shops in Brooklyn! WE would love to have you join us for a ride or event this month.
Here are some recent highlights from the Female Bike Forum on Facebook:
Recommendations for plus-size women's bike shorts
What bike computers do people like?
Looking for a good cruiser seat

WE Bike NYC Upcoming Events

WE Bike NYC's July Happy Hour
Thursday, July 15
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
The Spotted Owl Tavern

It's summer, and that means more bike adventures. Join us at our monthly happy hour to hang out, build community, and talk bikes! Look for us at the outdoor seating in front of the bar. This is an all-gender event. RSVP is required.

WE Ride to Spumoni Gardens
Saturday, July 24
12:00 PM, wheels down at 12:30
Grand Army Plaza, under the arch

Please join us for PIZZA and ICE CREAM at the legendary L&B Spumoni Gardens! In 1938 the owner would peddle the pizza by horse and wagon! The establishment still exists today and not only is the pizza delicious, the ICE CREAM is to die for!!

Don't miss this Epic ride! We'll start out at Grand Army Plaza in Park Slope Brooklyn, head through Prospect Park, and down the Ocean Parkway protected bike lane to Ave. U at a social pace.

This 7 mile ride ends in Gravesend Brooklyn near trains and close to beaches if anyone wants to keep on and venture to Coney Island.

What to bring: Helmet, mask, sunscreen, money for food, full water bottles (it's gonna be HOT!)

Mask policy: Fully vaccinated people are not required to wear a mask while riding, however you may be required to wear a mask if we go indoors or are in a crowded space. Unvaccinated people must wear a mask at all times.

Note: This event is open to women, female-identifying and gender nonconforming people only.

WE Ride to The GREEN at Lincoln Center!
Wednesday, July 28
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM EDT
South Ferry Plaza


Join us for a weekday evening ride to The GREEN at Lincoln Center! We'll start downtown at South Ferry and take the Hudson River Greenway up the west side to Lincoln Center. Once at Lincoln Center we will explore The GREEN. The official ride is one way and ends there; riders are welcome to hang out and relax/explore post-ride.

The ride will be approximately 6 miles and mostly in protected bike lanes. This is a beginner- friendly ride.

What to bring: Helmet, mask, lock, a water bottle, and BIKE LIGHTS (for the ride home)

Mask policy: Fully vaccinated people are not required to wear a mask while riding, however you may be required to wear a mask if we go indoors or are in a crowded space. Unvaccinated people must wear a mask at all times.

Note: This event is open to women, female-identifying and gender nonconforming people only.

Meet a WE Biker: Crystal Rangel

Every volunteer brings something special to our organization. And WE count on them—whether they’re leading our rides, writing our newsletters, responding to mail, building our website. This month's volunteer is Crystal Rangel. Get to know Crystal here!

What was your first WE Bike NYC ride?
I'm pretty sure it was a donut shop tour. We hit up three shops: Dunwell, Dough, and ended at Peter Pan. I am always up for a food ride!!

What’s your favorite route?
I have a different commute now, but I used to ride along the Hudson River Greenway to get to work and that morning ride north along that path was always the best part of my day, especially riding by the Intrepid. My dad was in the Navy so I always think of him when I ride past. 

What do you ride?
I ride a sky blue Brooklyn Bicycle Co. Willow 3. It has the same 3-speed internal gear system as the first Citi Bikes and, when I load all my stuff onto it, is almost as heavy as a Citi Bike, ha!

Why do you love WE Bike NYC?  
I love WE Bike NYC because it showed me that there were other people like me biking around the city. Before I got involved, I would see lots of spandex riders on road bikes or gnarly aggressive messengers, and those were 9 times out of 10, dudes. It was nice to finally meet some riders I could relate to. Not just because WE were women/female-identifying/gender-nonconforming, but because there were also WE Bike riders of all different riding styles, including more leisurely like me. 

Bike Tip of the Month

This month's video is: Fitting a (Praxis) bottom bracket.  Join YouTuber Kajsa Tylen in her journey to perform her own bike maintenance. Hopefully you'll find it as down-to-earth and entertaining as WE did! 

Have a favorite bike tip video worth sharing? Email us.
Fitting a bottom bracket

WE Can't Do It Without You!

WE Bike NYC is an official 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. WE are entirely volunteer-run, but it takes money for us to maintain our current standards of operation. 
If you are looking for a way to support fun, free, noncompetitive bicycle events and programming specifically for women, please consider donating to WE Bike NYC! 

Community Events

Second Saturdays @ Highbridge Bike Park
Saturday, July 10
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Highbridge Bike Park, Manhattan

Build Mountain Bike trails and then ride them during NYCMTB's monthly welcome days at Highbridge park in Manhattan.
Bring your friends and family for a day of fun in the woods, and learn what it takes to build, maintain, and ride the most progressive urban bike park in America.

All participants, NYCMTB members, or anyone with logged volunteer hours, receive a free 1 hour clinic and a guided ride throughout the trails. Bikes and helmets provided.

Highbridge Park is the home of NYC's first Mountain Biking Course.  The 3-mile course offers trails of varying difficulty from Intermediate to Expert, and a free-ride trail that includes drops, steeps, and berms. The park also features a Dirt Jump Park and pump track, making it a good place to develop different skills at all levels. The course has been featured in national media, and is stewarded by volunteers just like you.

Make this day your introduction to the park, or to the sport of off-road cycling. Interested volunteers are encouraged to participate regardless of age, ability or gender. There is something for everyone at Highbridge - It's NYC's bikepark!
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Kids Bike Swap
Saturday, July 10
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Shirley Chisholm State Park, Brooklyn

Join the Penn Bike Library on City of Water Day to celebrate cycling at Shirley Chisholm State Park. Swap the bike that no longer fits your child and get a refurbished bike and free helmet. Bikes fit children who are 5 ft and smaller. This is a first come, first serve event. Children must be present and accompanied by a parent/guardian.

At 12:30 PM, the Bike Library will give away any safety checked bicycle that has not been swapped.
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Bicycle Sundays on the Bronx River Parkway
Sunday, July 11, 18 and 25 (and most Sundays through Oct 31)
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Bronx River Parkway, Bronx

During Bicycle Sundays, the Bronx River Parkway is open exclusively for bicyclists, in-line skaters, scooters, walkers and joggers from Exit 22 at the Westchester County Center to Exit 4 at Scarsdale Road in Yonkers.

The round-trip distance is 13 miles (but you can stop anytime). A fun tradition for all ages. Parking available at at the County Center lot in White Plains ($8).
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